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Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is essentially surgical correction of facial skeletal imbalance.
This surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

This imbalance can result from facial growth abnormalities, trauma or congenital disorders such as cleft lip and palate. This imbalance results in difficulty in eating, premature tooth wear and loss, temporomandibular joint or facial muscle dysfunction and pain along with abnormal facial appearance. Orthognathic surgery usually starts with pre-surgical orthodontics to correctly align the teeth so the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is able to move the facial bones to their ideal position.

There is usually a short course of post-operative orthodontics to fine-tune the occlusion (bite). Orthognathic surgery not only involves proper positioning of the facial bones, but may also involve the placement of implants, liposuction or other adjuvant treatment to optimize the treatment outcome.

Dr V S Reddy has been performing orthognathic surgery since 2000. He has always been careful to work in a collaborative fashion with the patient, general dentist, technician and orthodontist to make sure that all concerns are addressed. This collaboration along with careful attention to detail in the surgery helps assure the best outcome possible for each individual patient.

Mandibular Prognathism ( excessive lower jaw)

Maxillary retrognathism ( deficient upper jaw)

Combination of both

Facial Asymmetry

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  1. Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
  2. Speech problems
  3. Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  4. Open bite
  5. Protruding jaw
  6. Breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

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